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White-Headed Vulture

White-Headed Vulture
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-18 11:11
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Points: 18
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During our March 2013 trip to the Kruger national Park I count myself lucky to have come upon a breeding pair of these magnificent birds. According to the largest rehabilitation centre in South Africa’s statistics, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, there are only fifteen breeding pairs of the White-Headed Vultures left in the wild of South Africa. In general all vulture population numbers have declined in South Africa due to the fact that the Rhino poachers after killing a Rhino and removing its horn sprinkle the carcass with poison. This way they get rid of the “telltale” vultures which normally bring the Game Rangers to a kill. As a nature lover I only have one word for their act, . . “Pathetic”!!!!

White-headed Vulture

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1)[1]

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Trigonoceps
Lesson, 1842

Species: T. occipitalis

Binomial name

Trigonoceps occipitalis
(Burchell, 1824)

The White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) is an Old World vulture endemic to Africa. It has a pink beak and a white crest, and the featherless areas on its head are pale. Its has dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers. The feathers on its lower parts and legs are white. It has a wing span of 2 m and spends a lot of time soaring looking for food. It roosts in tall trees near to water at night.

The White-headed Vulture is a medium-sized vulture, 72–85 cm (28–34 in) in length and 207–230 cm (82–91 in) in wingspan. Females weigh more than males; they usually weigh around 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs), while males weigh 4 kg (8.8 lbs) or less.

The White-headed Vulture is rarer than previously believed, its conservation status was changed from Least Concern to Vulnerable in the 2007 IUCN Red List.

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Hello Carl,
what a nice bird. Incredible view. Perfect portrait. Amazing natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-18 11:14]

Hello Carl,
Great close-up of this impressive White-headed Vulture. Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours and a very nice composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-18 23:32]

Very good portrait of this magnificent bird..fine pose. tfs.

Hello Carl,
禿鷹照的很清楚 羽毛清楚 亮麗

Hello Carl

Excellent close-up photo of this White-Headed Vulture
with its typical Vulture style pose, fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-19 8:53]

Hi Carl,beautiful capture in a georgeous pose,typical of this specie,it looks like a movie star..eeehe...very well done whit this imposing perspective and great details in the best exposure,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
A top quality image!!! An interesting and lovely species. The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast against the background. Fantastic details and clarity.
A perfect capture of a nice bird of prey.

Hi Carl
Another great shot with perfect compo
2 minor problems: shadow on the head, maybe you could lighten up the catchlight with photoshop
The bg is unusually grainy with an iso speed of 320, possibly due to oversharpening but there are no other artefacts visible

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-24 6:02]

Hello Carl,
This Vulture is really am impressive bird and you have caught him in a very typical pose. Well taken picture with the blue sky behind. Sharpness is good, just a little noise in the sky which you could remove easily with Neat-image.
Kind regards

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